'40s Waves

Beauty's fun stems from its versatility--you can wash it all off at the end of the day and try something different the next. So yes, we loved '90s grunge last week, but now we're craving Veronica Lake-like locks! The film noir stunner's influence can be seen on Amanda Seyfried, Naomie Harris, and Amy Adams, all of whom have hit the red carpet sporting retro locks. Nicole Richie proves that the style works as well on short hair, and if you're somewhere in between, let Naomi Watts serve as inspiration.Laini Reeves, the hairstylist behind Adams' soft waves, started with a 2-inch curling iron, creating ringlets all over the actress' head. (If your hair doesn't hold a wave easily, pin the curls to your scalp until they cool; this will help them set and last longer.) Once all the curls were finished Reeves gently brushed Adams' hair with Mason Pearson's The Handy Mixture Brush ($120), but you can get a similar result with Sonia Kashuk's Hair Brush ($16) or Caswell-Massey's Standard Boar & Bristle Nylon Brush ($55). "The more you brush the softer the hair will get," Reeves says. Set with a heavy amount of hairspray, sweep your hair to one side, and head to your local speakeasy.

-Lexy Lebsack

Photos courtesy of: Amanda Seyfried, Amy Adams, Startraks; Lydia Hearst, Wireimage; Naomi Watts, Xposure; Veronica Lake, Everett Collection; Naomie Harris, Nicole Richie, Getty Images.